There are particular places, which hold a sustained interest for me, and over a period of time these places have connected and merged becoming inextricably linked to states of mind, to particular events and memories.
I feel a strong bond with the landscape that I grew up in, the open moorlands of the North-west of England. As a displaced northerner, my interest and feelings for the magnificent desolation of the moorland landscape have grown stronger over the years; it has become my mental physiognomy, my portable kingdom.
I draw inspiration from those places on the fringes, the open expanses of the Pennine moorlands of Lancashire, the embattled coastline of North Norfolk and Northumberland. The landscape as a site of conflict has been of long time interest to me; the relentless assault of the sea upon the Eastern coastline, of the weather upon the moorlands. The traces of intrusions made into the landscape, the remains of abandoned fortifications and refuges, testimonies to a past of defense, and of resistance and settlement.
I use colour to evoke moods and feelings quite subjectively. My paintings evolve mostly through improvisation, working intuitively from initial subjects without fixed notions of what a finished painting will look like.
Perhaps the paintings are attempts at trapping illusive, fleeting thoughts, recalled memories or feelings that spark between oneself and a place, in time."
1986 MA, Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University
1979 BA Hons, Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire
1999 Part-time Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, Faculty of Visual Arts
1988 Lecturer in Art and Design, West Nottinghamshire College
1983/84 Part-time Lecturer in Painting, Fine Art Department, University of Central Lancashire
Areas of work:
C.C.N Group Plc, Nottingham
Nottingham Trent University
Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
Dale Duesing, Wisconsin, USA
CV & Education
1998 - A Coloured Land, Chalk Farm Gallery, London
1995 - Robert Hart; Recent Paintings, Le Chat Noir Gallery, London
1992 - Robert Hart; Recent Paintings, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
1991 - Robert Hart; Open Slot, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
1988 - Recent Work, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University
2011 - Beyond the Horizon, Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester
2011 - Tarpey Gallery Open Exhibition, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington
2010 - Buy Art , Art Fair, Spinningfields, Manchester
2009 - Across the Divide, Artroom Gallery, Parkgate, Wirral
2006 - Art Now, Atticus Arts, Bath
2005 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2005 - Lie of the land, Byard Art, Cambridge
2005 - Under Construction, Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire
2004 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2004 - Group Show, Thomas Henry Fine Art, Nantucket, USA
2004 - Sea Spirit, Byard Art, Cambridge
2002 - Paintings, Bishop Phillpotts Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
2001 - Summer Exhibition, Moreton Contemporary Art, Pimlico, London
1999 - Artzone Showrooms, St James's, London
1999 - May; 4 British Artists, BBK Galleries, Kunstler House, Karlsruhre, Germany
1998 - London Contemporary Art Fair
1997 - A Road Less Travelled, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
1996 - 7th Open, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales
1994 - Three Views, Byard Gallery, Nottingham
1992 - Nottinghamshire Artists, Palace of Culture, Poznan, Poland